Transfer OS to new SSD and keep Games on HDD

By Patrick Cook
Dec 23, 2013
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  1. I built a computer a few months ago. At the time I couldn't afford to buy an SSD so I just bought a 1TB HDD. However I just bought a new 128GB SSD and I would like to move Windows 7 OS to the SSD but keep all the games I've already installed on my HDD. I don't want to waste 128GB on games when I could save it for stuff that I want to run faster. My problem is that I don't know how to move my Windows 7 OS to the SSD and keep the games on my HDD and be able to play them. Could I just install windows 7 on the SSD and then navigate to the D: drive and play my games. Also could I delete the OS on the HDD and keep just the games and applications I want on the HDD?
    Thanks in advance!
  2. ITLogicSystems

    ITLogicSystems TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 106

    So the current 1TB hdd is in the system & you now have a 128 ssd in as well? if I am correct, then you are wanting windows on the ssd & the hdd as the "data" storage, correct??

    first to clone the existing win7 to the ssd you will need a 3rd party cloning app, try one of these: http://clonezilla.org/ http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-windows.htm both do a good job, terabye unlimited is a much easier interface to navigate than clonezilla.

    once the hdd is cloned to the ssd, then disconnect power to the hdd & boot with ssd alone. when it boot up into windows successfully a few times, then adjust bios settings so that ssd is the main boot drive and the hdd is NOT the main boot drive. now boot the system with the hdd power plugged in and boot into windows, it will detect the hdd, reboot, then back up again. now browse to the hdd and move & delete files accordingly. Games on steam & origin can be pointed to the hdd - check each vendor's support site for instructions on doing so.

    Post back, Hope this helps!!


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